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Enrolling in the Capstone Course

If you are a Sustainability Studies Major, you must complete the Capstone Course, IDS 4942: Sustainability in Action, in the Spring semester prior to your (late spring, summer, or fall) graduation.

The Capstone course will meet about ten times during the spring term (T/R 8-9, 9).  In addition, you will be devoting 7 hours a week to an internship for 15 weeks.

Enrollment in the Capstone course is departmentally controlled.

To become enrolled, you must complete the following four steps:

1.Ensure that you have no holds or blocks (e.g. unpaid fines) on your student account.

2. Keep your spring schedule open T/R 8-9, 9.

3. Receive an email approval from the Director of Sustainability Studies confirming that you can apply for a specific internship (see Step 3 below).

4. Inform the Director of Sustainability Studies upon securing your internship: a) what your assigned internship tasks and duties are; b) your internship supervisor’s name c) your supervisor’s email and phone number.


After STEP 4 is completed, the Director will enroll you in Sustainability in Action (assuming you have also taken care of STEPS 1-3)


STEP 3: You are strongly encouraged to secure your own internship.  Look upon it not as one of your last university courses, but as one of your first real jobs.  Think of it as a career initiator.

Internships must be at local (non-profit) organizations, government agencies, businesses or academic institutions. Your internships must have a sustainability focus.  It will be necessary that you regularly meet face-to-face with your internship supervisor.

To receive an approval to apply to a specific internship site, send the Director of Sustainability Studies an email ( that indicates:

-Your name:

-Your UF ID:

-The semester and year you will graduate:

-Name of the local organization or business where you hope to intern:

-Physical address of the organization or business:

-Website address of the organization or business:


If you do not secure this internship, you must gain approval from the Director to apply to another organization.  So, repeat Step 3

Students who have not secured an approved internship by the first week of January will be assigned an internship by the Director at that time, and subsequently added to the capstone course before the end of the Drop/Add period.  You must attend the first week of classes in January in order to be added to the class at this time and avoid late fees.

When attempting to secure your internship, be professional.  Research the organization thoroughly on the Web before contacting its representative. Prepare before interviewing.  When interviewing, explain why you would like to intern there, address your work and academic history and skill sets, and indicate what you believe you can contribute to the organization.  You should mention that you will dedicate a minimum of 7 hours a week to your internship throughout the spring semester, beginning the second week of January and concluding the third week in April.

Internship sites students of Sustainability in Action have secured in previous years can be found here:

Some of these organizations may not have positions for interns for the coming Spring semester.  And some of these organizations no longer exist.  In any case, you are strongly encouraged to explore the possibility of interning at organizations that are not on this list—either non-profits, government agencies, academic institutions, or businesses.

You might also want to look at the “volunteer” sites.

If you wish to discuss potential internship sites, speak to the Director during office hours in Anderson 302.


Before interviewing anywhere, be sure to complete Step 3.

Much good luck with finding an internship that allows you to gain important skill sets, contribute to the community, advance sustainability, and most fully develop your potential.